#German city to seize empty commercial space for #refugees

  BERLIN (AFP) – The northern German city of Hamburg has passed a law allowing it to requisition empty commercial properties to house asylum seekers, authorities said Friday.”The parliament of the city of Hamburg adopted the law yesterday,” said city spokesman Ulfert Kaphengst.Private apartments are not affected. Like the rest of the country, Germany’s second city Hamburg has been struggling to find lodgings for the record influx of migrants.As favoured destination for many of those arriving in Europe, Germany is expecting up to a million migrants this year. Some local authorities have been forced to put up tent cities to host the … Continue reading #German city to seize empty commercial space for #refugees

#Russia carries out new airstrikes in #Syria 

  (CNN)Russia’s airstrikes in Syria “do not go beyond ISIL (ISIS), al Nusra or other terrorist groups recognized by the United Nations Security Council or Russian law,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday. Pushed to define “other terrorist groups,” … Continue reading #Russia carries out new airstrikes in #Syria 

#Iraq PM open Door to #Russian airstrikes on #IslamicState militants

Lavrov said that Russia would not go if they were not invited, looks like the invitations are in the mail…   Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told FRANCE24 in an exclusive interview on Thursday that he is open to allowing … Continue reading #Iraq PM open Door to #Russian airstrikes on #IslamicState militants

#Assad allies, including #Iranians, prepare ground attack in #Syria

  Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria in the last 10 days and will soon join government forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies in a major ground offensive backed by Russian air strikes, two Lebanese sources told Reuters. … Continue reading #Assad allies, including #Iranians, prepare ground attack in #Syria

Breaking! #Russian Airstrikes Hit US-Trained Rebels

  Russian jets have hit a training camp operated by a rebel group trained by American CIA agents, it has been claimed. The strikes were among 30 conducted by Russian planes in Syria, since Vladimir Putin entered the military fray … Continue reading Breaking! #Russian Airstrikes Hit US-Trained Rebels

8 #ISIS targets hit during 20 combat flights in #Syria – #Russianmilitary

Russia has struck eight Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) targets in Syria, the country’s Defense Ministry said, adding that civilian infrastructure was avoided during the operations.“Today, Russian aerospace force jets delivered pinpoint strikes on eight ISIS terror group targets in Syria. In total, 20 flights were made,” spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, said. “As a result, arms and fuel depots and military equipment were hit. ISIS coordination centers in the mountains were totally Source: 8 ISIS targets hit during 20 combat flights in Syria – Russian military — RT News Continue reading 8 #ISIS targets hit during 20 combat flights in #Syria – #Russianmilitary

 #Obama Lacks Plan to Deter US #Jihadis 65-page Report Says

  The United States has failed to stop more than 250 American Muslims from joining terrorist groups, according to a new report. Since 2011, those U.S. jihadists have been travelling overseas to fight with terror groups like ISIS. The 65-page congressional report says the Obama administration lacks a strategy to prevent Americans from traveling abroad to join groups like ISIS or to catch those who return to the United States with plans to commit terror attacks — or even to stop their recruitment in the first place. The study says of the hundreds of Americans who have sought to travel … Continue reading  #Obama Lacks Plan to Deter US #Jihadis 65-page Report Says

#ISIS militants in #Iraq, #Syria have WMD components, #Lavrov warns UN Security Council 

  Islamic State militants are in possession of weapons of mass destruction components, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister has warned the UN Security Council meeting, urging for the IS to be included on an anti-terrorist sanction list as a separate subject. Source: ISIS militants in Iraq, Syria have WMD components, Lavrov warns UN Security Council — RT News Continue reading #ISIS militants in #Iraq, #Syria have WMD components, #Lavrov warns UN Security Council 

#Breaking! #Russia begins airstrikes, demands US stay out! #ISIS

  Russian warplanes have begun bombarding Syrian opposition targets in the war-torn nation’s north, working on behalf of dictator Bashar al-Assad, according to a senior military official. The official said airstrikes targeted fighters in the vicinity of Homs, located roughly … Continue reading #Breaking! #Russia begins airstrikes, demands US stay out! #ISIS

#OBAMA to head #UN gathering on #counteringterrorism

  UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama is chairing a U.N. gathering of world leaders to discuss countering terrorism, a day after he and the leaders of Russia, China and Iran addressed the General Assembly on its 70th anniversary. At Tuesday’s meeting, the United States is rallying support for the fight against groups like the Islamic State, which is attracting foreign fighters who could return to their home countries to launch attacks.   Source: News from The Associated Press Continue reading #OBAMA to head #UN gathering on #counteringterrorism

#British #ISIS Fighters Hit With UN Sanctions

Four British jihadis who have travelled to Syria to join Islamic State have been hit with UN sanctions.They are: Omar Hussain from High Wycombe, Nasser Muthana from Cardiff, Aqsa Mahmood from Glasgow and Sally Jones from Chatham, in Kent. Source: British IS Fighters Hit With UN Sanctions Continue reading #British #ISIS Fighters Hit With UN Sanctions

#UN Speakers call for end to #Syria #barrelbombs

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Deadly barrel bombs dropped by Syrian army helicopters on opposition-held neighborhoods of Syria are the main driver behind the refugee crisis that has overwhelmed neighboring countries and now Europe, speakers at a panel held at the United Nations said Monday. Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, urged the international community to put an end to President Bashar Assad’s indiscriminate use of the bombs, saying the tactic also undermines the war against the Islamic State group. Source: News from The Associated Press Continue reading #UN Speakers call for end to #Syria #barrelbombs

#ISIS cracks down on school playgrounds to enforce gender separation of parents  

The terrorist group Islamic State has shut down playgrounds in a Syrian city, because unrelated men and women bringing their children to play there could mingle, a monitoring group has reported. The Islamic State morality police Hesbah targeted playgrounds in the city of Mayadin in the eastern Deir ez-Zor province, local sources told the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Several men and women were arrested by ISIS gunmen “for not abiding by Islamic rules on dress.”A similar crackdown on playgrounds was reported in the ISIS Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, where three women were arrested for not being accompanied by … Continue reading #ISIS cracks down on school playgrounds to enforce gender separation of parents  

#Breaking! Obama adds More than 30,000 new #UN #peacekeepers  by 50 countries 

More than 30,000 new troops from over 50 nations will be added to the UN’s peacekeeping mission, US President Barack Obama announced on Monday.Obama stressed that for the UN to keep its peacekeeping mission from bending under “unprecedented strains,” more nations will need to commit troops.“Our collective security depends on it,” he said.Obama said the US itself will expand its support for peacekeeping missions, promising additional resources, more military officers, logistical support and construction projects. Source: More than 30,000 new UN peacekeepers to be added by 50 countries – Obama — RT USA Continue reading #Breaking! Obama adds More than 30,000 new #UN #peacekeepers  by 50 countries 

Breaking! Nine dead in attack at Afghan sports match; #IS fighters target police (AFP)

KABUL (AFP) – At least nine people were killed and 33 wounded Sunday in a bomb attack at a sports match in eastern Afghanistan, officials said, on the same day that Islamic State fighters launched coordinated attacks on the country’s police forces. … Continue reading Breaking! Nine dead in attack at Afghan sports match; #IS fighters target police (AFP)